The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory On Mount Everest Conrad Anker

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The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory On Mount Everest  by  Conrad Anker

The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory On Mount Everest by Conrad Anker
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This is the adventure story of the year -- how Conrad Anker found the body of George Mallory on Mount Everest, casting an entirely new light on the mystery of the explorer who may have conquered Everest seventy-five years ago.On June 8, 1924,MoreThis is the adventure story of the year -- how Conrad Anker found the body of George Mallory on Mount Everest, casting an entirely new light on the mystery of the explorer who may have conquered Everest seventy-five years ago.On June 8, 1924, George Leigh Mallory and Andrew Sandy Irvine were last seen climbing toward the summit of Mount Everest.

Clouds soon closed around them, and they vanished into history. Ever since, mountaineers have wondered whether they reached the summit twenty-nine years before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.On May 1, 1999, Conrad Anker, one of the worlds strongest mountaineers, discovered Mallorys body lying facedown, frozen into the scree and naturally mummified at 27,000 feet on Everests north face. The condition of the body, as well as the artifacts found with Mallory, including goggles, an altimeter, and a carefully wrapped bundle of personal letters, are important clues in determining his fate.

Seventeen days later, Anker free-climbed the Second Step, a 90-foot sheer cliff that is the single hardest obstacle on the north ridge. The first expedition known to have conquered the Second Step, a Chinese team in 1975, had tied a ladder to the cliff, leaving unanswered the question of whether Mallory could have climbed it in 1924. Ankers climb was the first test since Mallorys of the cliffs true difficulty. In treacherous conditions, Anker led teammate Dave Hahn from the Second Step to the summit.Reflecting on the climb, Anker explains why he thinks Mallory and Irvine failed to make the summit, but at the same time, he expresses his awe at Mallorys achievement with the primitive equipment of the time.

Stunningly handsome and charismatic, Mallory charmed everyone who met him during his lifetime and continues to fascinate mountaineers today. He was an able writer, a favorite of the Bloomsbury circle, and a climber of legendary gracefulness. The Lost Explorer is the remarkable story of this extraordinarily talented man and of the equally talented modern climber who spearheaded a discovery that may ultimately help solve the mystery of Mallorys disappearance.



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